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Laura McQuade

President at Airmedh Advisory

Laura McQuade
Professional Status
About Me
Laura McQuade is a multi-level C-Suite visionary leader holding positions as CEO, COO, and CFO. She has a proven track record in re-envisioning and transforming organizations across many sectors, most recently in change management in the healthcare sector. She has a deep, lifelong commitment to women, girls and all underserved communities around the globe seeking self-determination and the ability to live their fullest lives. Most recently, Laura became owner of The White Gown, a boutique bridal salon in New York City, to help support women through their dream weddings.

In July 2020, Laura launched Airmedh Consulting, a strategic consulting firm that provides advisory services and interim leadership within the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Laura is the Former President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY), a merged Planned Parenthood affiliate comprised of five legacy New York State affiliates that includes Planned Parenthood of New York City for which Laura was President and CEO since June 2017.
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Armedh Advisory
Since 2020
  • Short and medium-term consulting and leadership projects.
  • -Healthcare Management and Start-Up
  • -Finance and Operations
    -Mergers and Strategic Acquisitions
    -Strategic Planning
    -Organizational Development, Transformation and Turnaround
    • Women and Girls
    • Public Policy, Advocacy and Capacity Building

President & Chief Executive Officer

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (Formerly) Planned Parenthood of New York City
2017 to 2020
  • An accredited affiliate of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, providing comprehensive clinical services, education and training to patients and students through 28 primary and reproductive health care centers across New York State, including the five Boroughs of New York City, and acting as the leading advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights in New York City and New York State.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Planned Parenthood Great Plains (Formerly) Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri
2014 to 2017
  • An accredited affiliate of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, providing comprehensive clinical services, education and training to patients and students through 12 health centers in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, and acting as the leading advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Center for Reproductive Rights
2008 to 2014
  • Acted as the President’s second-in-command to provide leadership and vision for the Center and direction to organization-wide strategic and annual planning, priority-setting and decision-making, in order to promote the success of all programs and the interdepartmental coordination of cross-institutional initiatives.
  • Established and directed the organization-wide long-term strategic planning process every five years, working in consultation with the President, the Board of Directors, Department Directors and staff. Completed a year-long planning process for the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan.
  • Managed the design and implementation of a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan to measure organization-wide program impact and report annually to the Board.
  • Developed and managed multi-year/annual budgets and program implementation plans to support Strategic Plan priorities.
  • Managed all internal operations for the Center, which in 2014 had a budget of $22M, 6 offices, and a staff of more than 120; this included development, communications, finance, human resources, administration and information technology, as well as the Center’s growth through strategic and annual planning.
  • Managed a Finance, Administration, and IT staff of 18, a Development Staff of 10, and a Communications staff of 14, as well as maintained dotted-line managerial responsibility for three Program Directors and their teams.
  • Managed and staffed the Governance and Finance/Audit Committees of the Board of Directors.
  • Partnered with the President/CEO and Chair of the Governance Committee to recruit new Board members

Acting President & Chief Executive Officer

Center for Reproductive Rights

Vice President, Global Markets Risk Management, Hedge Fund Credit

Bank of America, Global, Corporate & Investment Bank
2006 to 2008
  • Undertook periodic and annual credit reviews on a portfolio of more than 50 hedge fund managers, with a totalof more than 250 underlying funds.
  • Negotiated trading terms under an ISDA/CSA, MRA/GMRA, MSFTA and Give-Up Agreements.
  • Approved and provided initial margin on derivatives trades for all hedge funds in my portfolio, including repo, credit default swaps on a broad spectrum of underlying assets, interest rate swaps/swaptions and equity swaps.

Managing Director

Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC)
2002 to 2004
  • Oversaw financial management and operations of $10 million international development organization.
  • Oversaw new global program development, including defining scopes of work and securing funding sources.
  • Oversaw program activity in Asia, including Indonesia, Afghanistan, Thailand, the Philippines and India; responsible for developing new funding sources in the region.
  • Managed funding relationships with Government, foundation, corporate and individual donors.
  • Oversaw all administrative functions of the organization, including human resources, facilities management and contract negotiations with funders and all service providers.
  • Managed all special projects related to finance and administration, including compensation and benefits review, policies and procedures reviews and investment vehicles for endowed funds.

Regional Director for Asia/Chief of Party for Indonesia

Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC)
2000 to 2002
  • Opened FSVC’s first office in Asia and served as Chief of Party on a USAID-funded financial sector technical assistance program.
  • Secured funding for FSVC programs in Asia from U.S. bilateral and multilateral donor agencies and Indonesian commercial banks totaling $3 million.
  • Researched and developed technical assistance projects for Indonesian counterparts, including Bank Indonesia,the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency, the Indonesian Supreme Audit Agency, the Ministry of Finance, the Jakarta Stock Exchange and Bank Mandiri.
  • Built business relationships with partners across the Indonesian financial sector and implemented 15 – 20 in-country projects annually, including recruiting volunteer experts from financial institutions around the world and liaising with local media outlets on project outcomes.
  • Liaised with Indonesian financial sector clients, the U.S. Embassy, USAID, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other donors to coordinate technical assistance efforts and ensure complementary programs and maximum impact for Indonesian clients.
  • Secured funding for and managed discrete financial technical assistance projects in Thailand, the Philippines and India.

Director of Finance and Administration

Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC)
1997 to 2000
  • Managed a $5 million annual budget, comprised of funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, private foundations and corporations; responsibilities included preparing and negotiating all budgets, overseeing the annual financial and A-133 audits, preparing monthly financial reports for the Board, and approving all project and administrative expenses at headquarters and in seven field offices.
  • Oversaw all administrative matters, such as employee benefits, facility management and registration of all overseas offices.
  • Supervised FSVC’s financial, administrative and IT staff.
  • Initiated organization-wide IT improvements, including installation of a LAN, upgrade to a relational database (Access) and the development of a website.
  • Negotiated grant terms and oversaw the organization’s compliance with funder requirements.
  • Negotiated a NICRA (Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement) with USAID for all FSVC grants and cooperative agreements.


Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

M.A. in International Relations. Yale Fellowship. Teaching Assistant. Concentration in the International Political Economy of Central and Eastern Europe.


College of the Holy Cross

A.B. in Political Science. Dean’s List. Concentration in International Relations and German


Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Coursework toward an M.S. in Historic Preservation.
  • Native English
  • Fluent German
  • Basic Bahasa Indonesia.